8 in 10 Churchgoers Think Sex Offenders Belong in Church, August 30, 2010:
California Lawmakers OK ‘Chelsea’s Law’, August 30, 2010:
Vicious, Feared Attack Leaves Pa. Inmate Comatose, August 29, 2010:
Critics of Lackawanna County Prison in Scranton say the near-fatal assault is part of a pattern in which correctional officers target inmates they don’t like.
Alabama Court to Decide if Sex Offenders Must Have a Home, August 28, 2010:
Va. Cancels Plan to End Face-to-Face Death Row Visits, August 28, 2010:
Proposal: Bar Sex Offenders from Halloween (CA), August 27, 2010:
Handing out candy, putting out a pumpkin and turning on a porch light on Halloween night could soon become punishable offenses for registered sex offenders living in Perris. Perris’ proposed ordinance is almost identical to one passed earlier this year in the Orange County city of Orange that outlaws registered sex offenders from trimming their houses with Halloween decorations, turning on outdoor lighting after dark and opening their doors to trick-or-treating children on Oct. 31. There has been no organized opposition to the ordinance, which would take effect Oct. 28 if approved.
Sex Offender Success Story, August 27, 2010:
Normal life after living under the bridge.
Former AG Rehabilitates Inmates Through Prison Fellowship Ministries (Virginia), August 27, 2010:
Former Republican Attorney General Mark Earley used to work on the front end of crime, but now he works on the back end. As president and CEO of PFM, Earley says he’s still working for public safety like he did during his service as attorney general. But now he focuses on a different part of the timeline: when prisoners are about to re-enter society. “Public safety has two dimensions—getting bad guys off the street and into prison, and getting people off [into the community] so they aren’t public safety threat,” Earley says. By helping outside groups to work with prisoners, the organization can help to lower recidivism rates and help states cut costs, said Early. “What [the Prison Fellowship Ministries] stress to the states – this is not a question of investing more dollars,” he said. “It’s allowing non-profits, churches, letting them have access to the inside of prisons and work with prisoners who want to make a change.” Some may find Earley’s support of rehabilitation out of line with Republicans’ reputation of cracking down on crime—one which helped abolished parole in the state in 1995. Each year, around 13,500 of the Virginia’s 38,081 inmates are released, but around 29 percent come back to prison after three years of being released. Each year $1.25 billion is spent on corrections in Virginia, up 66% since 1988 according to a PEW center on the States report.
Va. Institutions on List for Sexual Misconduct Involving Inmates, August 26, 2010:
Germany to Create Non-penal Custody for Sex Offenders, August 26, 2010:
Agencies: New Laws Will Help Prevent Sex Abuse (MD), August 26, 2010:
How Prisons Make Bad Citizens, August 25, 2010:
Are ‘Sext’ Messages a Teenage Felony or Folly? August 25, 2010:
‘Next Top Model’ Underage, Topless Picture Causes Controversy, August 25, 2010:
(If any regular citizen took this photo they would be arrested and charged for production of child pornography. And if they posted it anywhere or profited from it they’ be charged with distribution if not more. Why hasn’t this photographer?)
Speaker Advocates Assault Awareness, August 25, 2010:
Virginia District Lines Could Face Major Changes, August 25, 2010:
California Senate Passes Tougher Sentencing Laws for Sex Offenders, August 24, 2010:
Chelsea‘s Law Clears Last Major Hurdle (CA), August 24, 2010:
University of Maryland License Plate Scanning System Could Aid Police, August 24, 2010:
Sex Offender Rights (NC), August 24, 2010:
(A Must Read!)
Child Abuse Declines Nationally in U.S. in Spite of Economic Deterioration, Study Finds, August 24, 2010: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/100824082331.htm
Anonymous Internet Campaign Brands Man Sex Predator, August 23, 2010:
Amber Dubois’ Mother Launches Website, August 23, 2010:
Virginia to Cut Face-to-Face Visits on Death Row, August 21, 2010:
Juvenile Justice? British Judge Deems 11-Year-Olds Sex Offenders, August 20, 2010:
Closing in on Justice, August 20, 2010:
DNA reveals another wrong conviction. Should it be used to point police to suspects?
Editorial: Inside the Latest California Sex Offender Law, August 19, 2010:
So with the passage of Chelsea’s Law, those convicted of early sex crimes against children will spend their lives in containment, some inside prisons, others sequestered by constantly monitored GPS bracelets paid for by imaginary funds from a bankrupt state. And as the Union Tribune admitted, “has the likely practical effect of turning some relatively minor sex offenders into far worse and of spurring paroled violent sex offenders into acting again on their dark impulses.”
We must not allow politicized public outrage to continue to produce laws that actually increase these crimes. We must not continue to ignore a painful reality, that It was the tragic flaw of Jessica’s Law that may have derailed the rehabilitation that set in motion the chain of events that resulted in the death of two innocent young women. It would be the darkest of ironies if a law named to commemorate the life of one of these young women left this provision that may have contributed to her death unchanged.
Chelsea‘s Law Could Launch a Movement, August 19, 2010:
As bill nears final approval, Kings say they see it as a first step in a larger effort
The Kings say this is just the beginning. They are in the early stages of launching state-by-state campaigns to take Chelsea’s Law national, and are working with California’s two Democratic U.S. senators on a potential federal measure.
Ed Smart on a “Ride for their lives” August 19, 2010:
Akron: Growing Panhandler List Includes Sex Offenders, Felons (OH), August 18, 2010:
Voyeurs Avoid Sex Offender Registry (NM), August 18, 2010:
Sgt. Rachel Azbill of the Bernalillo County Sheriffs Department wants the state’s 3-year-old voyeurism law changed, so peeping toms and upskirters have to register as sex offenders.
She said as the law stands now, there is little that happens to convicted voyeurs so authorities can keep tabs on them.
“More than likely they won’t go on sex offender probation, which is very specialized,” she said “And then they won’t be tracked continuously through the sheriff’s department.”
Lock ‘Em Up, August 17, 2010:
(A Must Read!)
Editorial: Norfolk Four Deserve to Have Their Convictions Erased, August 17, 2010:
Sex Offenders Have Nowhere to Live, August 17, 2010:
Know Who’s Out There (Virginia), August 17, 2010:
(Interesting that the Prince William Jail callers can get information night or day on an inmate and updates when they are released but yet the VSP Sex Offender Hotline to assist the registered is only up Mon-Fri 9-5pm and the restrictions and regulations still aren’t available upon request. Why? We’re told because there is no funding. But is the state setting the RSO’s up to fail?)
Judge: Some Changes to Nebraska’s Sex Offender Laws Can be Challenged, August 16, 2010:
It would force convicted sex offenders to disclose their online names to authorities and consent to searches of computers and software, and it would ban offenders from using social networking sites or chat rooms accessible to minors. Also publication of information regarding all the state’s sex offenders, not just the high-risk ones.
Chelsea‘s Law, an Opportunity Lost, August 16, 2010:
Sex-Offender Limits Sometimes Go Too Far, August 16, 2010:
Dateline ID, “Innocence Lost” original air date of 09/29/09 about the Wenatchee, WA Sex Ring Hysteria back in 1994-95 is a must watch! It was rebroadcast this week on Dateline ID.
The accuser had a history of false allegations, the investigator Detective Bob Perez became her foster parent and never recorded her interviews of the accusations and he’d drive her down the road and ask her to point to homes that she was abused inside of and she picked 20 homes.
These cases should have never been rubber-stamped by the Grand Jury and sent onto trial. The accused lost their careers, their savings, their homes and those who could not afford representation served time in prison until their sentences were overturned years later. Over zealous investigators, prosecutors and an accusation alone being sufficient to convict in America has done this to our justice system.
U.S. Too Extreme in Prison Sentencing, UVA Law Professor Says, August 15, 2010:
Former Felons Feel Boxed in By Crime Question, August 15, 2010:
(Restoration of Rights)
Two of Norfolk Four Seek to Clear their Names (Virginia), August 14, 2010:
Gov. Lynch Slams Criticism of Sex Offender Bill (NH), August 13, 2010:
Why Cable News Never Punishes Liars, August 12, 2010:
“Crime expert” Wendy Murphy routinely makes up facts and figures, without consequences — because she’s good on TV
Cable News: Where Being Loud Makes Up for Being Wrong, August 12, 2010:
Tonya Craft to Host Radio Show in Chattanooga, August 12, 2010:
Federal Appeals Court Reverses Ruling on Sex Offenders’ Lawsuit, August 12, 2010:
A federal appeals court has reversed a U.S. District Court judge’s decision to throw out a lawsuit filed by four sex offenders who say Jefferson County’s sheriff should not be allowed to hold them after serving their sentences just because they are poor and don’t have a place to call home.
Chelsea‘s Law Heads to Senate Vote (CA), August 12, 2010:
Community-Based Programs Yield Treatment Success for Sex Offenders, August 12, 2010: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/community-based-programs-yield-treatment-success-for-sex-offenders-100522204.html
Former D.C. Felons Seek to ‘Ban the Box’ on Forms, August 12, 2010:
(Restoration of Rights)
Sex Offenders Must Prove Treatment to Move to Green Bay, August 12, 2010:
Sex Offenders as Neighbors a Realty Factor (Virginia), August 11, 2010:
DNA Test Indicates Wrong Man Convicted in Newport News Rape (Virginia), August 11, 2010:
Public Housing Authorities to get List of All Registered Sex Offenders Living in Apartments (NY), August 11, 2010:
NYC to sex offenders: Get out of our public housing!
Beginning Sept. 28,the state Department of Criminal Justice Services will provide municipal housing authorities with a monthly list of all registered sex offenders living in their apartments. The goal is to evict them.
Judge Lacks First Amendment Right to Insult Litigants (WA), August 10, 2010:
The state supreme court rejected this First Amendment defense in its Aug. 5 opinion in In the Matter of Eiler, writing that “judges do not have a right to use rude, demeaning, and condescending speech toward litigants.”
Why are there More Homeless Offenders in Minnesota?, August 8, 2010:
Unyielding Law Means Sex Offender Can’t Stay, Can’t Move (Miami, FL), August 8, 2010:
Part 3 Huckabee: Minister Gives Murderer a Second Chance, August 7, 2010:
Pastor J. Don George recounts Maury Davis’ conversion
Part 2 Huckabee: Murderer Turned Pastor Helps Others Find Redemption, August 7, 2010: Maury Davis helping others find redemption
Part 1 Huckabee: Give Second Chances to Criminals? August 7, 2010:
Dealing with the consequences of crime and justice
Payday-loan Limits Among Laws Taking Effect Wednesday (CO), August 7, 2010:
The other new law, HB 1334, moves the crime of public masturbation from the state’s public-indecency statutes to the more serious public-exposure laws. At the same time, it moves such nonsexual acts as urinating in public or streaking from the exposure statutes and puts them under indecency crimes.
King said current law has caused some people to be categorized as sexual offenders when they just did something stupid, and actual sexual offenders were getting slaps on the wrist.
“It seems appropriate to me to be able to free up resources for law enforcement and their focus to be out there looking for the true sexual predators, and not people (who) through intoxication or just bad judgment end up urinating in public and end up on a sex-offender registry,” King said. “Nine out of 10 people are going to say, ‘That’s not a sex crime. That’s just being stupid in public.’”
In Turnabout, Ohio Ex-con Gets Data on Neighbors, August 7, 2010:
Second Lee County Teen in Trouble Over Sexual Images, August 7, 2010:
Mom says criminal case overkill
Charging a child for having pornographic photos of themselves is something new, said Scott Moorey, a Fort Myers criminal defense attorney. He questions if the charges will hold up in court.
“I could understand them arresting boyfriends or other individuals,” he said. “But to charge and criminalize and punish this lady as a sex offender because she put pictures of herself out there is silly.”
In an e-mail to the News-Press, Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott wrote:
“It is a violation of the law for anyone to produce, possess, and/or transmit child porn and the law does not make exceptions for children to possess images and transmit images of themselves.”
Even Prisoners are Allowed to Mourn (Virginia), August 6, 2010:
Research by Longwood Business Professors Examines Sex Offenders’ Effect on Home Sales, August 6, 2010: http://www.longwood.edu/2010releases_26711.htm
Schwarzenegger Orders Public Alerts When Sex Offenders Try to Flee Supervision (CA), August 5, 2010:
Enrique Iglesias Water Skies Naked, As Promised, August 5, 2010:
(If he wasn’t a celebrity, he would now be facing serious charges and a lifetime as a registered sex offender)
Sheriff Busts Breast-Baring Teens, Photo Taker, August 4, 2010:
(Females on the side of the road were flashing drivers their breasts openly.
A driver took a photo of the scene and because it turns out the females were 15 years old he is now facing 5 years in prison and becoming a registered sex offender for life.
How dare our country, our government punish this man for something that happens every year at Mardi Gras and at every rock concert we attended in the 1980′s)
Judge Samuel Kent: I Obstructed Justice In A Sex-Offense Case, But I’m No Sex Offender, August 3, 2010:
Neighbors Voice Concern Over Sex Offenders (OR), August 3, 2010:
The homeowner, Eugene Haag, told the 35 neighbors gathered in the school library that he has no intention of changing the way he rents his home, which he said has housed sex offenders and others on parole since 1974. Haag, a regional chaplain for the Oregon Department of Corrections, said he rents rooms to sex offenders in order to help them rehabilitate their lives.
“I’m not going to change what I do,” he said. “I’m protecting the community because I’m helping sex offenders not to re-offend.”
Elderly Parolees Get Help in Reintegrating, August 3, 2010:
OUR OPINION: New Law Doesn’t Fit All Sex Offenders, August 2, 2010:
California Lawmakers to Take Up Chelsea’s Law, August 2, 2010:
(Great improvements have been made to this bill. The U.S Congress could learn a lot from this article and looking at facts and what works instead of worrying about looking tough on predators for their constituents)
DOJ Issues Strategy Aimed at Preventing Child Exploitation, August 2, 2010:
Editorial: Restriction on Sex Offenders Makes us Less Safe, August 1, 2010:
The problem of sex offenders who lived in a shantytown under the Julia Tuttle bridge in Miami-Dade County — before getting housing that most now are about to lose — demands resolution.
Contrary to Homeless Trust Chairman Ron Book’s claim that there is no answer to this problem, there is a simple step that the County Commission can take — without spending a penny of taxpayer dollars: Rescind its 2,500-foot sex-offender residency restriction, and let the state’s 1,000-foot restriction govern where released offenders sleep.
Cost to Keep Sexual Predators Confined High for State (WI), August 1, 2010:
Not All Sex Offenders the Same, Advocates of Changing Texas List Say, August 1, 2010: